Monday, October 19, 2015

Learning to Sew

Over a year ago I found a brand new sewing machine at an estate sale. I was thinking about seriously learning how to sew and the price was too good to pass up. I've had little walmart sewing machines and could make pillow cases but I'd never tried anything else.

For a while I've been seeing beautiful, lightweight scarves and thought, I can make those! So I went to Joann's and picked out some fabric and decided this weekend I was going to try making some scarfs.

The first scarf I made I measured completely wrong. It turned out ok but it's too short to double up. I think I'll be able to use a brooch to pin it so it lays right. I might try making a new one at the right length next weekend.

The second scarf I made is for Halloween. I totally sewed it the wrong way but I think it looks ok. The skulls stand out and I like the rough edges around them.

The third scarf is on the new rack my hubby made me today. It's blue chevrons and is for my sister for xmas.

I had a lot of fun sewing these over the weekend. I learned quite a bit as well, like how hard it is to work with lightweight material! I still need to learn how to cut straight when there aren't obvious markers. But I think each scarf I made got progressively better than the last one. Progress!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Passport to Dry Creek 2015

This year my husband and I were treated to a weekend in Dry Creek for Passport to Dry Creek! My mother in law (MIL) invited us and we each took turns being the designated driver. The event took place on April 25 and 26 in the Dry Creek Valley of California.

On Saturday we started our journey at Quivira where we picked up our passports and had our first tasting.

Our second stop was A. Rafanelli which had a large spread of food and wine. During the weekend I tried my first lamb, rabbit, and duck meat. All were delicious and not anything like I had imagined. 

Outside the winery was a baby goat, who was absolutely adorable! I was surprised the entire weekend by how many wineries had dogs who were out and about, mingling with guests.

We visited several more wineries on Saturday capping it off with Fritz, the underground winery. The cave was spectacular.

As was the view from the outdoor area.

All of the wineries had gorgeous views of their vineyards. Some of the wineries we visited had views of the surrounding area. We had a perfect weekend with perfect weather, perfect company, and great wine and food. I definitely recommend this excursion. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Pattern - Easy Peasy Knit Cowl - Extra Long

Finally! I started this cowl about three weeks ago and with the two winter classes I've been taking, plus working 40 hours+ each week, I hadn't had a whole lot of time to knit. When I started this cowl I was set on having a super long, cozy, and soft cowl that I can wear a variety of ways. I think I succeeded! It's about 39 inches in circumference and if I don't wrap it, it falls nearly to my knees. I can wear it wrapped twice if it's not super cold or windy, or three wraps for closer and thicker coverage. But, it's not so close that it's suffocating, three wraps is actually just right for me

I have it posted on Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry. If you love it, please pin it! And I need some new buddies on Pinterest :( I had to restart my account since my old one got hacked and now I have no friends!

What do you think?

The new semester starts on Monday. The end is in sight! I have 7 classes left and then I am officially finished with my degree. Waaahooo!